Kansas State Football: Adjustments That Must Be Made to Win Last Game vs. Texas
Kansas State lost its perfect season, but the team cannot lose focus for the last game of the regular season.
After a 10-0 start, the Wildcats were ranked No. 1 in the BCS polls. A 52-24 defeat at the hands of Baylor saw the team drop down to No. 7 in the latest rankings and out of contention for the national championship.
However, Kansas State still must defeat Texas to win the Big 12 and earn a spot in a BCS bowl.
The Wildcats have two weeks to prepare for the Longhorns, but they must make these adjustments in order to come out victorious one more time.
Entering Saturday, Collin Klein was one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country.
Although he is known primarily as a runner, the passer had 12 touchdowns and only three interceptions while completing over 65 percent of his throws.
He looked nothing like that against Baylor as he threw three interceptions, ending any hope for a comeback. The senior had never thrown more than one in a single game in his career.
This game showed how quickly things can go wrong when you lose the turnover battle. Conversely, the defense gave the team a chance when it started forcing turnovers.
Texas has only forced 16 turnovers all season. Still, the entire offense needs to make sure that it does not add to that total.
Stop the Run
The Longhorns have the No. 13 offense in the nation, led partly by an impressive 192.7 rushing yards per game.
Shutting down the run will go a long way towards stopping this high-powered offense.
Of course, that does not seem easy after the way this defense was dominated by the Baylor backfield. Running backs Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin combined for 298 yards with four touchdowns against the Wildcats.
Kansas State needs to patch its leaks in the next couple of weeks, because Texas has some studs that can do some serious damage. Johnathan Gray and Joe Bergeron must at least be slowed down in order to give the Wildcats a chance at the win.
Stay with the Run on Offense
Against Baylor, Kansas State was way too reliant on the pass. Klein threw 50 pass attempts, which was 22 more than his previous high for the season.
It is easy to blame the score, but even with an 11-point deficit with plenty of time remaining in the game, the coaching staff believed the only way to get back in the game was through the air.
The Bears shut down Klein on the ground, but running back John Hubert was barely given a chance with only 10 carries for 43 yards.
In the first eight games, Hubert averaged 16 rushing attempts per game. In the last three, the junior has only gotten 10 carries per game. Those games include the blowout loss to Baylor and the tough win over TCU.
Kansas State needs to get back to its strength and pound the ball on the ground. The Wildcats have an incredibly dynamic backfield and they need to take advantage of it.
Klein is also not good enough of a passer to win a game when he throws 50 times.
If the Wildcats can make these adjustments, they will win their 11th game of the year and their first conference championship since 2003.
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